“Don’t say anything. I just let them assume I can do everything.” UNCG Theatre alumnus Chris Chalk ’01, recently starring in a Lincoln Center production in New York City, talks of his career and the play “When I Come to Die,” in a YouTube video. He also explains, amusingly, how one incident involving a classmate at UNCG is why he refrains from putting particular skills on his resume. (Thanks to alumnus artist Kyle Webster ’99, whose work has appeared in The New York Times and the New Yorker, for tweeting this video.)
Chalk was nominated for a Drama Desk award last year for his work in August Wilson’s “Fences,” as this interview from the nominees cocktail party shows.
Another UNCG Theatre alumnus continues to enjoy the spotlight in Manhattan – even if the stylish early-1960’s costumes in her latest musical, “Baby It’s You!”, are not so easy to wear. “I have the most unbelievably gorgeous clothes – and the most uncomfortable undergarments ever known to man,” Beth Leavel ’80 MFA says in a promotional video for the Broadway show. See the promotional video here.
She received a Tony Award in 2006 for her starring role in the hit musical “The Drowsy Chaperone.” Leavel was profiled in the Spring 2007 UNCG Magazine cover story.